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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 53
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
281 Bleecker St
phone: (212) 462-4682
(Place added by: slander on 03-15-2007)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
It's taken me awhile to pen this review, probably due to my sadness that I won't be able to return for awhile. I live in Los Angeles, and this place, and a couple of others made me acutely aware of how desparately LA is in need of some decent beer bars. And a subway system. And character. Oh yeah, and a higher degree of cultural synergy. But I digress...
When I imagine the perfect beer joint, the image in my mind is almost exactly this. Very woody and homey, with big open windows right at the Bleeker St sidewalk in the incredibly hip Greenwich. Lots of locals can be found, reading the paper, talking with friends, or chatting up the charming (and very knowledgable) female bartender. A very healthy array of taps, Belgians, and bottles. In addition to this they consistently feature two beers in the cask. On this trip they had Sierra's Brown, and the less inspiring Blue Point Hoptical Illusion. In my two visits here I tried both of the casks, had several DFH 90-minutes, sampled my girlfriends Victory Witbier, and some other thing that her friend ordered, which was also lovely.
That covers the selection and quality. The only food I experienced here was a cheese platter which was paired with I can't remember what Belgian ale. It was stinky as hell, and the beer pairing was genius. Wish I could remember what it was... Oh well. Wish I could have tried more, and surely will when I return to this magical place. Until I learn otherwise, I'm giving the 5.
Over the few days I spent in the city, I learned that NYC is practically teeming with great beer joints, but not this great. It makes me appreciate Lucky Baldwin's more, since it is the lone carrier of the "cool beer joint" torch in the city of Los Angeles. A lonely job, for sure.
08-05-2007 04:16:03 |
More by jeffjfindley
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stopped here with a friend while in town in July 2007. I knew we'd be in the Greenwich Village area, so I beerfly'd and here we were.
There were about 20-25 taps and 2-3 casks, maybe also bottles but I didn't see the bottles list. The taps included mostly USA microbrews (Smuttynose, DogFishHead, Brooklyn, etc) and the casks were Brooklyn Brown and some local IPA. The beers were generally high enough quality to satisfy anyone but weren't rare enough to make you seek the place out. Anyway it's a decent stop. If anything it's a little smallish, with seating for 40 and was totally packed on a Sunday night.
07-24-2007 02:55:43 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I also went here the second weekend of July and found it to be a terrific place. Right across the street from John's Pizza on Bleecker, get one of the best pies in the city and then stop by the blind tiger after.
A---Other than the loud mouth 20 something entry level wall street guys who thought they owned the place, this place was pretty sweet. If you could tone out them, you would find a quaint bar with a few tables about a dozen bar stools. I would imagine it gets pretty crowded at times.
Q---cool bar in a hip part of NYC.
S--Bartenders were very attentive and answered my questions fully even when they were busy. The one dude really seemed to know his stuff.
SEL--great selection including Belgians, along with some vintage stuff for anywhere from 20-30 bucks. I was most impressed that they had 750 St Bernardus abt12 bottles for $12!!! Snagged one of those.
Value--Not bad at all. This is NYC so it is all relative. Found prices to be more than reasonable..cool bar, check it out
07-17-2007 01:09:50 |
More by garbercury
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The weekend of July 12 14 2007, my wife and I visited The Ginger Man, Rebar @ The Retreat, Blind Tiger Ale House, and Hop Devil Grill (not the Belgian side). Ive listed them in our overall ranking. Were in our early and mid 30s, I travel frequently and always incorporate good beer into my journeys be it work or pleasure.
Had a major problem at the Blind Tiger because they ran out of 4 beers in my 1 hour visit. It was almost funny that every beer I ordered was out or blew during the pour. I'm giving average marks because the tables were dirty, the beer needed to be changed, and the doorman was sitting outside doing nothing (could have changed taps for the single bartender). I'll make a return visit on my next trip to NYC - they had a lot of really good beers "on tap."
07-17-2007 00:01:03 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Not a bad place at all. The draught list is great. Every beer was quality and I really like that they serve beers in the correct glass. That is something that I like to do at home but rarely see done properly at a pub. The bottle list was also quite impressive, especially the vintages, although a bit short for my taste (I'm spoiled with Mahar's). The service was also very good; very prompt service as soon as I walked in even though the place was packed. Which brings me to my only complaint...the crowd. The volume of people didn't bother me, it was who they were. I could be wrong, but it seemed like everyone was there simply because it is currently trendy to drink good beer and they didn't know shit about the beers offered. I know that it's good to have craft beer be a trendy thing and I'll gladly take that over having it hard to get, but I really hate "trendy" people. Great bar though.
07-04-2007 05:33:42 |
More by drseamus
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have to say that I was initially a little disappointed with the look of the "new", "freshly painted" Tiger, but I guess that's to be expected. It just doesn't have the charm of the old place (it's got bathrooms on the first floor for Christ's sake!!!), but that's not their fault. And, apart from that it feels just like the old place. Same crowd, same servers, same great REAL pub food (pressed sandwiches!!!, soups, tacos, Murray's cheese plate!), same great selection at reasonable prices (28 out of 28 great beers on tap, and hell, some bottled beers are even a steal!). And don't forget the cask beers! Ahhhh, I love it! In addition, I think it might even be a little bit bigger space, and the open windows really help when it's crowded. Go with friends. Have fun!
07-03-2007 22:39:09 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My first visit to Bleecker Street location after having mourned the closing of the old location. Went on a Saturday night, after coming down from the Bronx after a Yankees game. Arrived at about 10:45 pm. The place was mobbed, but the people were polite. People 3 deep at the bar, bartenders being friendly and working quickly. I'm 45, so I was a bit out of place there - mostly mid 20s. Picture well-heeled post frat boys drinking good beer and being just a bit too loud. Hey, it's Saturday night, so that is to be expected. Bring proof of age/ID folks, cause on a Saturday night, EVERYBODY was getting proofed on the way in. Feels alot like the old place, and that's great. Even better beer selection. Will I return? You bet, but probably on a weekend afternoon for bagels and beer, if possible.
07-01-2007 02:06:41 |
More by BusyNinja
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place was an absolute mob scene when I tried it a few weeks ago and it might be hurting the atmosphere score here just a little as I would definitely have enjoyed it more if it hadnt beeen quite as crowded. I have to say that it was a jovial crowd and everyone did seem to be having a good time so it wasnt a major detractor.
The selection of beers was definitely the best I have seen in a NYC bar and not really by sheer number but rather for having such a well thought out and unusual list. Just in choices for drafts with 2 cask options, a gravity keg and this thing called wooden pin which I had never even heard of before, you knew the minute you saw that --these people are very serious about beer. They had all kinds of Six Point and Southampton beers-- a good # of which I had not seen before. I tried a few of these and they were in fine shape and everything. The service was pretty good considering how slammed they were.
I wish we had been able to try some of the food as I have heard it is quite good too.
This location is definitely more in the center of the action than the old one but I really dont mind that. I just need to get here in the early afternoon next time to get a more full experience out of it. Definitely a great beer bar and I am looking forward to my next visit.
06-24-2007 12:38:07 |
More by rousee
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Went here for the first time before dinner at the Mesa Grill. I am damn glad I did. A great beer bar and an overall very cool place.
Smaller than I anticipated we luckily happened upon a table when we arrived as others were just leaving. About 30 beers on tap many of which were Southampton as they had a SH tasting a couple days prior. 3 beers on cask and a cider on pin. If only there were more places like this in Ohio, or one place like this in Dayton.
The bottle selection they had, especially for New York was damn good too as they had many bottles of brew that I believe aren't distributed here. Including RR Damnation, Bell's Expedition, Port Old Viscosity, a coupld Lost Abbey Beers, and some others. (I could be wrong about the distribution of Port/Abbey here). They also had a vintage beer list that had some goodies on it that I really wish I had more time to partake in. The prices of the bottled brews were very expensive however but I would be willing to pay it for some of the harder to find bottles.
Bartenders were very cool and patient. The place was packed and I was ordering for four people in an overwhelming selection of beer so this can take time. I will definitely be back here in the future, more than once.
05-27-2007 12:19:14 |
More by mcallister
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Im re-rating the Tiger after my second trip to its new location. God, I love this place. This time I came later in the day, when it wasnt shoulder-to-shoulder, and I actually got to sit at the bar, where Alan was able to talk beer with me. Its great the way hell offer samples and figure out exactly what beer might be right for you given whatever youre in the mood for. The atmosphere is, of course, pleasantly publike, but with lots of windows providing natural light. This is the kind of place where no-one feels like a stranger, because the sense of great beer-loving camaraderie washes over you as soon as you walk in the door. A couple years ago a complete stranger shared a $30 bottle of beer with me, so I was happy to pass on the favor by sharing my Pizza Port Old Viscosity with another complete stranger -- this is the kind of place that inspires you to do things like that. And theres nothing more to say about the selection than that its simply amazing -- the best anywhere. All the bartenders are knowledgable and efficient.
05-26-2007 14:03:12 |
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